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John leads from the front when it comes to training bench press at the Power Athlete HQ gym.
Many in the functional fitness crowd have been known to shoot down the bench press as a “Functional Movement.” As John likes to say, anyone who argues that the bench press isn’t “functional” has clearly never been in bar fight, to a rock show, or played a contact sport.
As a 10 year NFL vet, John’s job was to bench press 300 lb defensive lineman 10 yard down field. Watch him put on a clinic with one of his favorite bench press training tools, the bamboo bar.
For the uninitiated, here’s what you need to know. The bamboo bar will amplify any inefficiency that you have in your bench press. It will crush you if you are not pushing “straight up” and expose points in the bar path where an athlete may allow force bleed. In doing so, it forces the athlete to find a way to stabilize.
The best way to do that is to “bend the bar” once things get dicey. It’s literally a bend or break scenario.
I am the COO of Power Athlete, co-host of Power Athlete Radio, and a Power Athlete Coach. I've been coaching athletes, training clients, and educating 1,000s of coaches around the globe since 2007. I'm a lifelong multisport athlete, but my focus was football up through college where a neck injury forced me to hang it up.
Now I'm a stickler for productivity, and have a burning desire to empower athletes, coaches, and every day people who are striving to be better versions of themselves.
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